Last updated on: 2/1/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Ron Paul, MD Biography

Title:
Former member of the US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The problems associated with illegal immigration cannot be addresses unless and until we gain physical control of our borders and coastlines… The number one priority for Congress should be securing our borders – no immigration reform is possible until then. Once we have control over who is entering the country, we can begin to reform the legal immigration process… Amnesty for lawbreakers is not the answer, and it’s time to rethink birthright citizenship.”

“Dr. Paul’s Writings: Paul Votes for Stronger Border Security,” Press Release, Ron Paul’s official candidate website, Sep. 14, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Campaign for Liberty
  • Former member, US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas, 1997-present
  • Former chairman, Liberty Caucus of Fellow Congressmen on Capitol Hill
  • Former member, Financial Services Committee; International Relations Committee; Joint Economic Committee
  • Former member, Subcommitte on the Western Hemisphere; Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)
  • Former member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1968-1996
  • Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
  • Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee
  • Distinguished Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Past Member, Gold Commission
  • US Senate, Republican Candidate, 1984
  • Representative, US House of Representatives, Texas District 22, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
  • Republican Nominee for United States House of Representatives, 1974
  • Air National Guard, 1965-1968
  • US Air Force, Captain, 1963-1965
Education:
  • MD, Duke University, 1967
  • BS, Gettysburg College, 1957
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RonPaul
  • As a physician he refused to accept payment by Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to work for free or pre-arranged discounts or payment plans for poor patients
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?